Gorse Hill Labour

A regular blog and updates from Mike Cordingley, Councillor for Gorse Hill Ward in Trafford – Gtr Manchester.

Bikes Recovered

Two stolen bikes have been seized by local Pcso’s in Lostock today. It is believed the bikes have been causing ASB issues in the area racing about etc. They were spotted hidden in a nearby field, both ‘hot wired’ and one confirmed stolen from Wolverhampton.

GMP Police

Trafford Park’s car cruising ban extended

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) extended. The original order would have expired after three years but it’s continuing in place.

Councillor Cordingley’s submission

Subject: Re: Public Spaces Protection Order – Trafford Park

Very much in favour of its extension. Although it’s not a perfect deterrent. I have no doubt that it helps discourage the return of the situation that existed in Trafford Park. The area remains attractive to the cruising/speed meet community. The death of Sophie sadly has had the biggest impact but the threat of that type of behaviour taking root again is always there and the protection order is an important tool in prevention.

What the extension means

Those who race their cars, go drifting, spinning or do donuts in Trafford Park face an on the spot fine of up to £1,000.

Manchester Evening News

Council Decision



First Meeting of M32 Neighb’rhood Watch

Stretford resident, Gurdev Singh launched the first meeting of M32 Neighbourhood Watch last night. Mr Singh had been inspired to action by an increase in burglary attempts across the M32 area and a decline in street cleanliness, particularly dog faeces.

It was attended by PC Darwent and the PCSOs for Stretford, Jon Darlison and Mike Wild; as well as Mark Dale from Trafford Council and five local councillors and local residents.

The immediate focus was on reporting channels for criminal activity and environmental crime.

Is it an emergency?

Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? If so, please call 999 now.

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text the police on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergency SMS service.

101 – The police non-emergency number

Looking for something else?

101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.

When should I use 101?

You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response. For example, if:

  • Your car has been stolen
  • Your property has been damaged
  • You suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood

Or to:

  • Give the police information about crime in your area
  • Speak to the police about a general enquiry

You should always call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.

Reporting Online

PC Darwent updated the meeting on improvements to the GMP Police website and how online reporting of non-emergency crime was coming into wider use.

The reporting form is so much more accessible straight from the front page.

Just go to:

GMP Police

And follow the instructions

Dog Poo and Littering

These are not police matters. They can be reported on 0161 912 2000. Mark Dale from the council’s enforcement team was keen to hear from people who’d seen the dog defecation happen. People who walk their dogs tend to be creatures of habit, if someone is failing to clean up after their dog, they’re likely to be doing it at the same time and place. Get in touch with the team and they will come out. Mark made the point they’d caught a repeat offender at 4am. They need the intel of exactly when it’s happening.

There was a discussion about people who do bag the dog poo but throw the bag into trees etc. The theory is that these people are picking up because people are about but they’re throwing it because they refuse to take it home. Mark is particularly keen to get a prosecution of this awful behaviour and would particularly welcome any recording of this on cctv etc.

Environmental Enforcement

M32 Neighbourhood Watch Group

The group is primarily Facebook based. It already has over 600 members. This was just the launch. The organisers are hoping that it can become a regular meeting and place for information sharing.

M32 Neighbourhood Watch Group

Trafford launches week of action to tackle knife crime

Trafford Council and Greater Manchester Police have launched a series of initiatives to tackle knife crime in the borough as part of the ongoing Operation Sycamore campaign – GMP’s response to tackling serious violent crime, with a particular emphasis on knife crime. One of the aims of the operation is to understand the causes of knife crime, with a particular focus on the younger members of our communities.

The week of action, which takes place from Monday 20 January until Friday 24 January, will focus on promoting the initiatives which are aimed at preventing young people from getting involved in knife crime, largely through education and advice sessions. Staff from Trafford Trading Standards and GMP will be carrying out educational visits with retailers to advise them of the law and the consequences of knife sales to underage people.